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Tameside Young Carers Project

 

Who can access the Young Carers Project?

Young people aged 8-18 years that have a significant caring role for a family member.

What young carers do:
  • Helping someone get around the house – lifting them up, helping them up or down stairs or helping with physiotherapy.
  • Helping someone look after themselves – dressing, washing and going to the toilet or in and out of the bath.
  • Helping with medication – giving tablets or injections or counting medication.
  • Housework – doing all or most of the cooking, cleaning or shopping.
  • Looking after the money – paying the bills or collecting benefits/Money.
  • Looking after brothers and sisters – putting them to bed, walking them to school or supporting emotionally.
  • Emotional support – keeping someone calm, or just having to be there to make sure they are OK.
  • Supporting at medical appointments.
  • Interpreting for someone with a hearing or speech problem or someone who doesn’t speak English.

How young carers are supported by the Young Carer Project?
Group sessions that are age specific.
 
Tuesday - Week one Wednesday - Week one Thursday - Week one
Primary Group: Mixed group of males and females aged 8-11 from Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Hattersley, Hollingworth and Hyde areas (To cope with demand). Primary Group: Mixed group of males and females aged 8-11 from Ashton, Mossley and Stalybridge area (To cope with demand). Girls Group: A group for female young carers aged 12-18 f
Tuesday - Week two Wednesday - Week two Thursday - Week two
Year 7&8 Group: Mixed group of males and females aged 12-14 from all over the Borough. Focus Group: A small group session which focuses on specific pieces of work. (Cooking/budgeting, Sexual health, online safety). Year 9+ Group: Mixed group of males and females aged 15-18 from all over the Borough.
 
  • Group sessions are run fortnightly (during term time only) 16:00 – 18:00
  • One to one support (This is on request from family, school or other professionals). This support can be specific to the need of the young person;
Anger management, confidence building, to talk to someone that is not a family member or information about a disability/illness, which a family member needs support with.
  • Half term activities and residential trips.
  • Opportunity to meet other young carers who have similar roles and increase their friend base.
  • Schools are made aware that the young person is a young carer and can access support in school.
  
 

Who can refer a young person to the Young Carer Project:
 
  • Self-referral from parent, school, other professionals. (Consent needs to be gained from the parent before a referral can be sent) Young Carers Referral Form 2019
  • All young people are eligible for a young carer assessment if a family member or professional feel that they could meet the criteria for support.

Young Carer Assessment:
  • The young carer assessment is carried out with the young person ideally at school but can be completed at the family home.
  • The assessment is questions to establish the level of caring responsibilities a young person has and to see if they meet the threshold to qualify for the Young Carer Project.
  • Once the assessment is completed an additional visit to the family is needed to complete all paperwork and to explain how the service can support the family and young carer.

 
SEND offer
The Young Carers offer in Tameside aims to provide inclusion for all regardless of culture, gender or disability etc. We recognise how important the role of is, and how difficult that role can be.

The Young Carers Team offers a variety of services to Young Carers with SEND including group and one to one work/support.
 
Other Links:
Young Carers Poster
Young Carers Booklet 2019 

Advocacy and Advice
Assessment
Illness and Disability
Help with Money
Emergencies
Whos Who
 
For more information about the project, please contact; Rachel Berrisford, Laura Price, Christian Edwards, Richard Dyson or Sandra Robins at the following address:
Hattersley Children’s Centre,
Melandra Crescent,
Hyde, SK14 3RB
Tel Number: 0161 368 7722
Or email: young.carers@tameside.gov.uk
 
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